Barbara Mojica is a multi Award winner with her Series ‘Little Miss History Travels’ picture books. At the Readers’ Favorite Book Award 2018 in the category Children’s non-fiction, Barbara Mojica won a Gold medal with her book ‘Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Ford’s Theater’. This is the same category as I won my Bronze Medal with ‘Groundhog Secrets’ 🙂
I met Barbara Mojica in the Facebook BookGoSocial Children’s Book groups. In every story in her book series, she takes us to different places in the USA history.
I love how her picture books are made with a combination of photos and hand-drawn illustrations.
Barbara is an author of many books, but she is also a reader and an Amazon top book reviewer. This is such a wonderful way she works to support fellow authors and help readers to find good books.
- Can you introduce yourself, what’s your name, where are you from… ?
Nice to be with you today. My name is Barbara Ann Mojica. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up right next door in Ridgewood, Queens. As a child, I loved school and especially enjoyed reading and history. I attended Hunter College and majored in history, continuing my studies in graduate school at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Then I embarked on a career in education for forty years, which involved first teaching in elementary school and later switching to special education preschool where I taught severely delayed children. Near the end of my career, I became the principal of a special education preschool and a special education administrator in New York City. Now that I am retired from the education field, I write historical articles for The Columbia Insider, a local magazine and a series of children’s nonfiction history books with the objective of inspiring, educating and making learning about history fun for children and their families. I enjoy the opportunity to combine my passion for history and love of teaching. My Little Miss HISTORY narrator sums it up in her motto, “If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
- Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
I love to explore new places. In my youth, I seized an opportunity to take one of the first tourist excursions behind the Iron Curtain. My American group was detained at the Berlin Wall (Checkpoint Charlie) for a few hours. We passed the time by singing patriotic tunes. That clearly annoyed the guards. They let us pass to the East Berlin side just in the nick of time to catch our flight.
- Give 2 things about yourself that you think matter the most?
Number one is the time I spend with my husband. He is my soulmate and as my illustrator, my professional partner. We work side by side in our home studio where we share creative ideas. Outside of work, we enjoy exploring historical sites, dining out, boating, educational TV, and movies. The second thing is my straightforward nature. When I make a decision, I stick to it and refuse to waiver. I am dogged and determined to see things through to the end.
- Identity Card
- Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book that I clearly remember reading is ‘The Dick and Jane’ series of readers in first grade.
- What makes you laugh/cry?
I have a serious nature and I don’t laugh easily. I find myself laughing when my husband tells me one of his cartoons, or when I see someone doing something hilarious. I cry when I feel a strong emotion, usually caused by another’s sadness or suffering.
- In which genre do you write?
My genre is nonfiction, specifically history. I specialize in children’s but also write articles for all ages.
- What makes your book special, how is it different from other books in your genre?
I feel that my books are special because not only can family members of all ages read and share them together, but they contain material not widely known and encourage further research and exploration. In addition, they explore sites that teachers and families may go out and visit to enrich historical knowledge and enjoy the opportunity to physically reach out and absorb our heritage into their experience.
- How do you feel when you write, do you have a special ritual?
I love to write and am constantly looking for an opportunity to do something new. But I am not stuck in any sort of ritual. While I do enjoy listening to music while I work, I can do so in silence or amidst many distractions going on around me.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
My husband inspired me to write my first book. I began writing historical articles for a local magazine, but I missed working with children. Victor suggested that he could create a character to narrate my historical adventures. Little Miss HISTORY was born, based on a younger version of myself. She is an intrepid explorer who is eager to learn and afraid of nothing.
- How did you come up with the title?
We knew that the books would be nonfiction history, but we also wanted families to get out and experience the history and culture contained in the books. That is why we incorporated travels to in each of the titles.
- If you could be any famous book character, who would you be and why?
Oh, I would continue to be Little Miss HISTORY. She embodies my personality and allows me to portray my message perfectly to the readers.
- Is there a message in your book that you hope the readers will grasp?
As I explained earlier in the interview, my message is contained in Little Miss HISTORY’S motto, you need to know what happened before in history to understand what is happening today and how that might also affect events in the future.
- What are your top 3 books of all time?
Choosing only three is difficult. I have read such a wide variety of books in so many genres. Okay, I would say Pearl S. Buck’s, The Good Earth is one, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Gone with the Wind.
- How important is marketing and social media for you?
Marketing and social media are important to any author’s success. I will admit it is not one of my favorite tasks, but the part I really enjoy is sharing and learning from other authors around the world. My preference would be to have more time to write, but in the modern world of publishing, every author needs to take responsibility to get their message out there because no one else is willing or capable of doing so.
- Is it important for you to get book reviews? Do you read them?
Reviews are another necessity in today’s world of books. The fact that most people buy online means they will be comparing reviews before purchasing. I think that most books will not sell without a certain number of reviews, though I feel that relying only on reviews is foolhardy. Every author knows that not all reviews are sincere and genuine. For myself, I believe the best approach is for an author to build up a solid base of core followers who read, review and spread the word about an author. It takes lots of time and patience to build a solid reputation in the industry.
- What advice do you have for other writers?
It might sound trite, but I think it is true that an author needs to develop patience. Admittedly, that has been difficult for me, personally. You need to be willing to persist. Make those phone calls and emails repeatedly. Most importantly, an author needs to realize none of us lives in a bubble. I firmly believe in the value of networking and sharing knowledge of successes and failures with fellow authors. I do this on author forums, interviews, and YouTube videos to assist other authors and to learn from and with them.
- Can you give your book information: blurb, link, genre (for children’s book, please tell for what age)
Little Miss HISTORY Travels to… book series
Blurb: Using the whimsical Little Miss History character, Barbara Ann Mojica hopes to inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages.
Genre: Children’s educational historical non-fiction, Independent reader. These books are illustrated picture books containing both well-known and little-known historical facts.
Age: 8-12, but picture books are appropriate for younger children as well.
Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Mount Rushmore
Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Sequoia National Park
Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Ford’s Theater
Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Ellis Island
Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Mount Vernon
Little Miss HISTORY Travels to La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The NORTH POLE
Hook: Join Little Miss HISTORY as she travels to a place where trees do not grow and the days and nights are endless.
The tentative release date is the end of end 2018.
This book is up now! Don’t miss it!
The Little Miss HISTORY Coloring Book
Blurb: Ready for some fun? Now you can color some of my adventures in this first of my coloring books. Grab those crayons, pencils or markers and put your colors on these historical people and places.
The Adventures of Little Miss HISTORY, a trilogy of Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum contained in one book.
Blurb: Little Miss HISTORY has packed three of her NYC adventures into one exciting book. Visit the STATUE of LIBERTY the symbol of hope and promise for the immigrants who passed it on their way to fulfilling their dreams as they awaited inspection on ELLIS ISLAND. Then journey up the Hudson River to the USS INTREPID to witness and explore hands on one ship’s amazing history in WW II, the Vietnam War, the space age, and the war on terrorism. Hold on to your hats for a rollicking ride back into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with Little Miss HISTORY!
My entire book series is listed on the Amazon author pages below:
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Ann-Mojica/e/B00B9DOVKC
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barbara-Ann-Mojica/e/B00B9DOVKC
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bamauthor/\
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=3ZiDK73esFI and
- QUICK POP-QUIZ. (You can choose one or both, and please feel free to add a very brief comment)
Snow or sun: I prefer the stillness and peace of snow
Soccer or (ice) hockey: Ice hockey, I have attended a few games
Dogs or cats: I have had both cats and dogs as pets but prefer cats
Ice-cream or fruit: I enjoy ice cream more than fruit, but I do eat both
Fact or fiction: I prefer facts over fiction
Music or silence: music over silence
Sport or reading: reading over sports
Sea or mountains: the mountains over the sea
Groundhogs or squirrels: squirrels over groundhogs
Books or movies: books over movies
E-book or print: I prefer eBooks for reviewing, but physical books for those I intend to keep in my library.
- Is there anything more you want to tell your readers?
I encourage readers to get out an explore their world. Find out where we have been and where we are going. Please open your eyes daily to discover new ideas and opportunities. Have an open mind, listen, share and communicate with others.
Thank you so much Barbara Ann Mojica!